N050773 NSKK EM/NCO'S BELT BUCKLE.(Koppelschloß)
BACKGROUND: The development of the NSKK, National Sozialistisches Kraftfahr Korps, (National Socialist Motor Corps), can be traced back to 1923 when the SA introduced a Kraftfahr Abteilung, (Motor Section), to transport personnel as required. In 1928 the SA Motor section was expanded to Kraftfahrstaffeln, (Motor Squadrons). In an attempt to create a national motor corps the NSAK, National Sozialistisches Automobil Korps, (National Socialist Automobile Corps), was formed in April 1930 as a NSDAP auxiliary organization subordinate to the SA. In early 1931 Adolf Hühnlein was appointed as Chief of the NSAK and proposed a name change to NSKK, which was officially accepted in April 1931. Before the introduction of a standardized belt buckle the NSKK used the SA pattern rectangular buckle in a variety of styles usually nickel or chrome-plated over brass or steel.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The 50mm x 65mm, slightly convex, stamped alloy, nickel plated, one-piece construction buckle features, to its obverse, a plain field upon which is an embossed, political-style national eagle clutching the laurel surround to a mobile swastika on a slightly domed, plain field. The eagle’s head falls on the inside of a ribbed border with simulated twisted rope trim to its inner and outer edges. The ribbed border, which is 40mm in outside diameter, has a spray of oak leaves to its base, with the eagle’s wings extending into it at the top. To the reverse is its raised buckle catch, and a prong bar with dual prongs, for the belt’s retaining tongue.
GRADE ****1/4 PRICE $120.00
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